Amazon is partnering with Fire Tech to offer free Amazon Future Engineer robotics workshops to primary schools across the country.

The workshops are designed to spark students’ interest in STEM and computing by letting children get hands-on with Ozobot robots and showing them how real-world technology works. Students will code their very own robot in an exciting two-hour workshop, and then will have a chance to tour an Amazon fulfilment centre, where they can see how Amazon’s technology helps deliver parcels to customers, together with Amazon’s employees.

Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career programme to inspire, educate, and enable children and young adults to try computer science. Visit www.amazonfutureengineer.co.uk to find out more.

Inspire your students

Amazon Future Engineer aims to inspire children in technology and get them excited about the possibilities that coding and computing brings.

Bring your curriculum to life in this structured and engaging school trip to one of Amazon’s fulfilment centres. The workshop is accredited by the British Science Association, meaning that it will count towards a CREST Discovery Award! The students will each receive a gift and a certificate of achievement.

Each visiting class will be gifted a Marty robot to take back to school, with quick-start resources to make it easy for the class to continue learning coding and robotics.

Who should apply?

The robotics workshops are open to primary schools nationwide, however schools from lower-income communities will be prioritised. Teachers should apply on behalf of their class. These workshops will be available from October 2019 and will continue throughout the school year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

We encourage any primary school teacher who would like to take part in this school trip to apply.  We will prioritise schools from lower-income communities, but we encourage all interested teachers to apply!

How will I know my booking has been accepted?

Once your form has been submitted, Fire Tech will be in touch within two working days to confirm if you have successfully booked on to the workshop. At this stage you will also receive full details about the day including location, parking and schedule.

Can you arrange transport from our school?

You will need to arrange your own transportation to the fulfilment centre, but Amazon can reimburse the cost if that would be a barrier to your participation. Just let us know when we contact you to confirm your booking.

What ages is this suitable for?

Primary school children aged 6-11 years old.

How many children can attend a workshop?

Workshops are designed for 30 children. If you have more than 30 in your class, let us know and we will see whether we can accommodate them. We are keen to host as many schools as we can.

How long does the visit last?

The workshop plus tour will run from approximately 09:30 to 14:30, including a lunch break.

Will lunch be provided?

Students will need to bring a packed lunch.

How does this help me deliver my curriculum?

Students will learn about algorithms, sensors, and will understand how code works with the robots.  They will have a chance to see how this translates to the real world, and will have time to reflect on the concepts they’ve covered during the day.  Beyond the workshop, each school will get a free Marty Robot, which can be coded in Scratch to walk, kick, wiggle, and more.

What is the total cost?

This school trip is completely free of charge.

What if I need to cancel?

If you are no longer able to attend the workshop, please let us know either by phone (0)203 950 7310 or email at amazonfutureengineer@firetechcamp.com

How will I know if I have/have not been accepted?

Once your form has been submitted, Fire Tech will be in touch within two working days to confirm if you have successfully booked on to the workshop.

What is the acceptance criteria for schools to attend a workshop?

One of the main objectives of the Amazon Future Engineer programme is to enable children from lower-income communities to try computer science. We are therefore prioritising schools that have a high percentage of children from low-income backgrounds. We use public data on % of children on Pupil Premium / free school meals and indices of social deprivation as criteria to prioritise schools. If you are unsure whether you meet this criteria please do still apply as all schools will be added to a waiting list and if another school cancels, or further dates become available, we will be in contact. We will reply to your application to let you know if you have a confirmed place or if you are on the waiting list.

What happens if the robotics workshop is cancelled?

We will do everything we can to make sure the robotics workshop goes ahead, however if for unforeseen circumstances we have to cancel the workshop we will contact you to let you know. We will then work with you to find a new date for the workshop.